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Once upon a time (earlier this year) Asus announced its Transformer Book Trio; a Windows PC with an Android tablet hiding inside. Now with the Transformer Book Duet, Asus is pushing its “more is more” approach one step further by adding “Windows 8.1 tablet” to the repertoire.
Asus has already been experimenting with mixing Android and Windows in the same device with its bizarre but intriguing 18.5-inch Transformer All-in-One desktop, giant-Android-slab-thing. Now, it’s taking the concept to its logical extreme with the new Transformer Book Trio, dual processor-weilding device that staking its claim to tablet, notebook, and desktop territory.
We’ve known about the Asus Transformer AIO since back at Computex, but the mutant hybrid wasn’t in working order until now. The verdict? It’s actually kind of cool.
Asus currently has a tight range of products, especially when it comes to mobile devices. Its trifecta of tablet offerings — dubbed Transformer — consists of the entry-level Pad, the power-hungry Prime and now we have the weaponised Infinity. We liked it at our first hands-on, but now that we’ve got it as our plaything, does it eat the competition for breakfast, lunch and dinner?
How many times have you gone to an event, walked into a meeting or even just got onto a plane and seen someone open their bag to reveal an iPad or Android tablet, while their laptop just sits there unloved because of its bulk? The person might then fish around awkwardly for their smartphone to tether to the tablet before they actually get down to what needs to be done. Asus knows these people, and is here to help with its new convertible: the Padfone.
Last year it was announced that Hasbro was going to sue Asus over the branding of the Transformer Prime; apparently, people all over the planet were confusing a tablet with shape-shifting robots. Now the case has been settled — Hasbro lost — but the court ruling is quite hilarious.
Asus is on a roll with its rebranded ‘Transformer Pads’ tablet line, pushing out yet another version. The Infinity series takes the Prime and runs with it, packing either a Tegra 3 or a Snapdragon S4 and a 10.1-inch full-HD screen.